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Clearwater Canoe Trail

At a Glace Length: 3.5 mile long river trail, 1.5 mile return hike to start Directions: From Seeley Lake, drive four miles north on Highway 83. Turn left at the Clearwater Canoe Trail sign and drive... Full story

 By Micah Drew    News    June 29, 2017

Local Runners Compete in Junior Olympics

BOZEMAN - Three Seeley Lake natives competed in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic championship meet in Bozeman June 9-10. The USATF Montana Association meet featured youth from across the state....

 By Micah Drew    News    June 22, 2017

Helmville Rallies to Save Rodeo

HELMVILLE - Montana Highway 141 is a 32-mile-long road that meanders through western Montana without passing through a single town. Close to the northern end of the highway however, a mere mile long...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 22, 2017

Ovando World Renowned

OVANDO - Leigh Ann Valiton paces back and forth down the two aisles of the Blackfoot Commercial Co. Her store, and attached Inn, is open until 7 every evening, but it's currently 10 p.m. and she...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 22, 2017

Rich Ranch Welcomes Metropolitan Students

SEELEY LAKE - Students and teachers from a Washington, D.C. suburb spent the first week of their summer vacation in Montana at the Rich Ranch. The middle school classes at the Bullis School, an...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 22, 2017

Embracing the Challenge of F1 Racing

Designing and building a car is hard. Designing and building a car that goes fast? Even harder. Carson Geary loves that challenge. The Drummond High School sophomore from Ovando took part in his...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 22, 2017

Clearwater Junction Under New Ownership: Cow to Stay

GREENOUGH - Stoney, the iconic cow that guards the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 83, answers to a new owner. Last month Scott McIntyre and his associates bought Clearwater Junction-the...


Morrell Lookout and Beyond

SEELEY LAKE - On a Tuesday afternoon, June 6, I set out for my first real adventure since moving to Seeley Lake. After a few weeks of running around town with the Morrell Mountain looming as a... Full story

 By Micah Drew    News    June 15, 2017

Cell Tower Erected in Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE – Verizon Wireless customers can expect better service in and around the Seeley Lake region. Andesite Properties LLC installed a new cellular tower on Redwood Lane approximately one bloc...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 15, 2017

Bikepackers Bypass Seeley

SEELEY LAKE-Mountain bikers have begun to trickle past Seeley Lake. The frontrunners of the 2017 Tour Divide bike race passed the Seeley Lake airport enroute to Ovando Sunday, June 11. The Tour...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 15, 2017

Seeley Farmers' Market Begins Ninth Summer at Littlebird's Lawn

SEELEY LAKE- Warm weather means it's time to head outside and shop local vendors every Sunday. The Seeley Lake Farmers' and Crafters' Market opened for its ninth season on a sunny morning June 11....

 By Micah Drew    News    June 15, 2017

Swan Valley Plans for Sustainable Economy

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Community Foundation will be hosting Swan Valley First! June 21 from 3–8:30 p.m. at the Swan Valley Community Hall. The event will be an interactive, facilitated hands-on workshop for Swan Valley residents and...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 15, 2017

Seeley Lake Vanpool Looks to Expand, Name Vehicles

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Foundation is looking to add a little character to its vanpool fleet. The SLCF is holding a naming contest through the end of the month. The fleet currently has two six-passenger vans—one is wheelchair access...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 15, 2017

Adventure is Out There

SEELEY LAKE - For three days a week all summer, local kids will be able to explore the surrounding trails, mountains and waterways on foot, bike and paddleboard. SLE Outside is once again hosting the...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 15, 2017

Potomac Sends Graduates Off in Style

POTOMAC - Every few minutes a balloon popped and every few minutes the gym full of people flinched and then laughed. Kindergartners and eighth graders alike grabbed at the maroon and gold balloons...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 15, 2017

Cahoon Voted Coach of the Year

SEELEY LAKE- Seeley-Swan High School Head Golf Coach Wayne Cahoon was named Boys' Class C Golf Coach of the Year. The Montana Coaches Association members voted for the nominees. "I feel honored and...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 15, 2017

Gary Johnson Tackles Tour Divide

SEELEY LAKE, MONT. - Thursday evening, June 15 Gary Johnson slowly walked across Highway 83 in Seeley Lake, carrying his wrapped up leftovers from dinner at the Filling Station and shivering. He...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 8, 2017

Local Author Releases Third Novel, To Hold Book Signing

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake author Tanya Fyfe will be hosting a book signing at the Double Arrow Lodge from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, June 9. Fyfe will be promoting her latest book, "Secrets Abound in...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 8, 2017

Electric Fence Incentive Program Promotes Human-Bear Coexistence

Got grizzlies? Defenders of Wildlife can help. The Defenders have an electric fencing incentive program to help landowners protect their yards, garden and animals-without endangering bears. The Defend...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 8, 2017

Busy Holiday Weekend for Local Law Enforcement

Missoula County officers arrested a 44-year-old homicide suspect after she stopped for gas at Clearwater Junction. Officers found Pamela Jean Courtnage, and the vehicle she had stolen, over Memorial Day weekend. “Ultimately we got her without a...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 8, 2017

Bear Resources Hosts Annual Bear Fair

SWAN VALLEY - Condon held its annual bear fair, put on by Swan Valley Bear Resources Saturday, May 4. The afternoon event featured representatives from various Montana outdoor groups and aimed to...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 8, 2017

SLE Graduates Recognized for Success

SEELEY LAKE - During the Seeley Lake Elementary eighth grade graduation ceremony June 1, staff recognized exceptional students with a variety of awards. 2017 Presidential Academic Achievement Award...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 8, 2017

SLE Kindergartners Complete Year

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Elementary held their kindergarten completion ceremony June 1. Twenty-two students are ready to start as first-graders next year....

 By Micah Drew    News    June 8, 2017

Swan Valley Elementary Graduates Five

SWAN VALLEY - Friends and family of Swan Valley Elementary students gathered to celebrate the graduation of three kindergarten and five eighth graders. The ceremony, which took place at the SVE gym...

 By Micah Drew    News    June 8, 2017

Blackhawks Point Guard to Play in College

SEELEY LAKE - On May 30th, Bradley Miller spent his afternoon working out. The recent Seeley-Swan High School graduate did a dynamic warmup, ab exercises and a lot of sprints. It took longer than he e...


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